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The Sexual Century: How Private Passion Became a Public Obsession

The Sexual Century: How Private Passion Became a Public Obsession - Tom Hickman

Carlton, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small area of laminate lifting at the head of the upper panel.

Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “As the twentieth century draws to a close, the most private and intimate of acts has become a public obsession: we are bombarded with sexual imagery in adverts, movies, websites, magazines and music. Sex is everywhere. However, at the beginning of the century our sex lives would have been very different. Sexual ignorance was commonplace and a more honest sexuality was only just beginning to emerge after the strictures and hypocrisy of the Victorian era.

The Sexual Century explores the multitude of factors that have transformed our sexual experiences. Cinema has constantly tested the boundaries of taste, decency and censorship, opening up sexual attitudes and allowing people to witness on screen the passions and desires that they were unable to express in public. War also brought great change to sexual experiences; women found fleeting sexual freedom while men invaded the bedrooms of other nations. And then there were the 1960s: a decade that embodied the peak of the century’s sexual revolution: the pill negated the threat of unwanted pregnancies, open marriages abounded, homosexuals came out of the closet and throughout this and the following decade, many went on an orgy of sexual exploration. However, the advent of AIDS heralded yet another shift in attitudes, with the emphasis on protection and survival as much as on freedom of choice.

Tom Hickman’s incisive, informative and entertaining text takes the reader on a sexual journey through the twentieth century and provides us with a fascinating history of a subject that is essential to all our lives.”


Size: 10½" x 8". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 255 pages.
£9.50
The Sexual Century: How Private Passion Became a Public Obsession